Here clarity on how his leave was accounted for one year and odd period is needed.
What has the Management done for his case, because he was not paid any remuneration/salary for such period?
His gratuity to be paid for total period if he was considered to be on paid leave.
But you should have considered his case a new joinee after that long leave and settled his amount then.
28th July 2018 From India, Hyderabad
During the total service period of 21 years and one month, the concerned employee was unavailable for work due to absence, for a consecutive period of one year and seven months, therefore, your treating him eligible for gratuity for 19 years is correct.
29th July 2018 From India, Mumbai
Continuity of service of an employee is calculated keeping in view the provision of Section 2A of the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972. According to this section, an employee renders uninterrupted service even if his service is interrupted by sickness, accident, absence from duty with or without leave, lay-off, strike, or lock-out or cessation of work not due to the fault of the employee.
However, if in respect of his unauthorized absence, an order has been passed by the management, in accordance with the Standing Orders, rules or regulations governing the employee of the establishment, treating his absence as break in service, then the period covered under such order shall not be considered towards his continuous service and thus, shall be liable to be deducted from his total service period.
It means, that even though your employee was on unauthorized leave and even though you have not paid him any salary, his service would be counted towards continuous service unless you have passed an order whereby his unauthorized absence was treated as break in service.
1st August 2018 From India, Chandigarh